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Jan 9
2012

Arming the Continent

New information continues to emerge from the excavation of Anderson's Armoury. The tin shop is found, beginning a new exploration of the trade. Meredith Poole updates.

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Oct 3
2011

The Mystery of the Gravestones

Two gravestones are unearthed during a construction project. Historians and curators work to solve the mysteries below. Emily Williams tells their story.

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Aug 15
2011

Excavating Ancient Armor

A broken helmet is discarded and forgotten, only to be resurrected 400 years later by curious archaeologists on Jamestown Island. Curator Michael Lavin describes the effort.

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Jun 27
2011

Arsenal of War

A new armoury complex takes shape on the footings of Anderson's Forge. Archaeologist Meredith Poole talks about the site's rebuilt narrative.

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Apr 11
2011

Model Prison Architecture

Williamsburg's jail, or gaol, set the standard for colonial prison architecture. Visit the building this year as we celebrate the 75th anniversary of its reconstruction. Architectural historian Carl Lounsbury describes the structure.

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Jan 24
2011

Where Pocahontas Pledged Her Love

Ongoing excavations at James Fort reveal a surprising discovery: the site of the 1608 church where Pocahontas married John Rolfe. Chief Archaeologist Bill Kelso shares the excitement of rediscovery.

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Jul 26
2010

Arming for Revolution

Archaeology at Anderson's Forge unearths the story of a city preparing for war. Staff Archaeologist Andy Edwards talks about the dig.

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Jun 21
2010

Cornwallis' Sunken Fleet

A British flotilla from the Battle of Yorktown lies mired in a murky tomb beneath the tides of the York River. Underwater archaeologist John Broadwater dives down to Cornwallis' sunken fleet and shares his finds.

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Jun 14
2010

Shipwreck Archaeology

Underwater archaeologist John Broadwater and his team dove down to a sunken fleet of ships from the Battle of Yorktown.

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Jan 25
2010

Furnishing History

Objects take their places in a scene that suggests a bustling social hub. Curator Kim Ivey describes the interior of Charlton's coffeehouse.

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Jan 11
2010

Pottery With a Past

Stoneware held a place in every household. Curators Janine Skerry and Suzanne Hood describe the innumerable forms.

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Dec 14
2009

Tangible Remains

Objects drawn from a 1609 well put people back in the picture at James Fort. Senior Archaeological Curator Bly Straube interprets the evidence.

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Sep 21
2009

The Lost Colony

One hundred and seventeen colonists vanish in America's oldest mystery. Ivor Noel Hume tells the story of the Lost Colony.

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Aug 3
2009

Reading Ravenscroft

Archaeologists turn their trowels on Ravenscroft for its third summer of excavation. Meredith Poole shares an update.

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Jun 8
2009

Zooarchaeology

Zooarchaeologist Joanne Bowen decodes 400-year-old leftovers.

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Mar 16
2009

A Record in the River

Oyster shells are the black box recorders of the James River. Marine scientist Juli Harding collects the data.

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Sep 1
2008

Restoration and Reconstruction

Putting an 18th-century face on a 21st-century building is a feat of research and resourcefulness, explains Colonial Williamsburg architect Scott Spence.

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Aug 18
2008

Charlton's Coffeehouse

A long-absent address returns to Duke of Gloucester Street. Architectural Historian Ed Chappell explains the Charlton Coffeehouse reconstruction.

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Apr 21
2008

The Frenchman's Map

New questions are raised as old ones are answered in the study of the Frenchman's Map. Architectural researcher Ed Chappell talks about the document.

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Jan 7
2008

The Town Before the Town

An early plantation slumbers beneath Williamsburg's streets and foundations.

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Oct 15
2007

Wren's Formal Garden

After three summers of digging, archaeologist Steve Archer hits pay dirt.

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Oct 8
2007

Jamestown Unearthed, Part Two

With 60 percent of James Fort unexplored, the island outpost guards a wealth of stories. Bill Kelso continues the hunt for discovery.

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Oct 1
2007

Jamestown Unearthed, Part One

The most impartial chronicle of Jamestown Settlement is in its trash. Curator Bly Straube explains.

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Apr 16
2007

Chapters in the Soil

Staff Archaeologist Meredith Poole explains how each layer of soil yields subtle clues.

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Jan 1
2007

We Are Starved

The newest book from Colonial Williamsburg's retired Chief Archaeologist Ivor Noel Hume, "Civilized Men" examines the transgressions of humanity in Jamestown.

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  • Read Ivor Noel Hume's article, “We Are Starved” in the Winter 2007 issue of the Journal.
  • Learn more about John Smith's arrival in Jamestown in Dennis Montgomery's "Captain John Smith" from the Spring, 1994 issue of the Journal.

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